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Muezzin
06-08-2007, 10:29 AM
Digital paper that can speak to you has been created by scientists.
Researchers from Mid Sweden University have constructed an interactive paper billboard that emits recorded sound in response to a user's touch.

The prototype display uses conductive inks, which are sensitive to pressure, and printed speakers.

The team envisages that the technology could be used by advertisers, and in the future, it might even be employed for product packaging.

The researcher's display model shows its possible use for marketing holiday destinations.

Mikael Gulliksson, who led the research project, told the BBC News website: "When you approach the billboard and put your hand on a postcard that shows a picture of a beach, you can hear a very brief description of that beach."

Down-sizing

The key to the billboard's capabilities is a layer of digital paper that is embedded with electronics.

This is printed with conductive inks, which, when applied with pressure, relay information to a micro-computer that contains recorded audio files. Sound then streams out from printed speakers, which are formed from more layers of conductive inks that sit over an empty cavity to form a diaphragm.

This functional layer is sandwiched between a thick sheet of extra-strong cardboard and another sheet of paper that is printed with the billboard's design.

"This pilot project could be used for stands in shops and in other marketing displays," said Dr Gulliksson.

At present, the displays are expensive to produce, but the researchers are aiming to find ways of lowering the costs to make the boards easier to change and replace.

In the future, the team also plans to look at down-sizing the technology.

"Our next idea is to look at how we could use this in product packaging," Dr Gulliksson told the BBC.

"One interesting idea would be to use it on cigarette packaging, so instead of having a written message warning you of danger to your health, you would have a spoken one."

"There could be a whole range of applications," he added.

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Malaikah
06-08-2007, 10:33 AM
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Cool. :uuh:
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Helena
06-08-2007, 10:45 AM
...:uuh: ....digital talking paper...:uuh: ....

wood out of the way.....wasting electricity...geez.....wots nxt...
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Strzelecki
06-09-2007, 09:15 AM
That's crazyawesome. :D
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'Abd al-Baari
06-09-2007, 09:40 AM
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wow..thats cool :D
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Trumble
06-09-2007, 09:26 PM
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wow..thats cool :D
Not if they start using it for speeding tickets and tax bills it isn't!
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Woodrow
06-09-2007, 09:36 PM
Sitting here with diabolical thoughts for when they perfect it as talking Newspapers. Can you imagine the look on your canary if you use it to line his cage? Or better, use the talking newspaper in the cats litter box and drive it crazy.
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MusLiM 4 LiFe
06-09-2007, 09:39 PM
all i gta say is :X lol
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Lina
06-09-2007, 11:36 PM
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This reminds me of those singing birthday cards.






Which have nothing to do with this.



Oooké.
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Muezzin
06-10-2007, 09:42 PM
I hope this eventually becomes available for private users. It would be of great use in writing new, interactive forms of fiction for example.
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Woodrow
06-10-2007, 10:12 PM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
I hope this eventually becomes available for private users. It would be of great use in writing new, interactive forms of fiction for example.
I believe you will see it. The technology is there. There are now single frequency radio transmitters that are so small they can be used as the pigment grains in ink, we should be see them used very soon as the ink for UPC codes making it unnecessary to even scan item. Just move your cart near the cash register and everything will be totaled instantly. Plus it would be instant inventory control and greatly reduce shop lifting.

We will probably see the first use of "Talking Paper" in advertising and in a few years we should see newspaper ads that talk when you touch them. Further use may be books that be used equaly by Blind and sighted books.Language books in which the text can be in one language and the talking ing another. Can you imagine one day for new reverts having qur'an written in English and being able to hear them in Arabic as you read or vice versa. Would greatly make it easier to learn the True Arabic of the Qur'an.
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